Sunday, June 28, 2009

I love summer weekends!

Weekends are much more exciting when you work full time. I've had summer jobs that were forty hours per week, but it's been awhile! Time off is fantastic, and this weekend was a good one! Yesterday was super sunny, so the Rocket Scientist and I woke up and headed to the pool for some pool-side reading. It was hot enough to enjoy being outside, but not hot enough that we were dying. So nice, and we got a little color, which is always a plus.

Afterward we headed to his parents' house, which is about half an hour away. His parents were out of town for the weekend, so someone had to let the dogs out and feed them. We used this as the perfect opportunity to do a practice bike ride! There's a trail a few miles from my house that runs all the way into Philadelphia, so I decided that we should bike to Philly one day! The problem being:

1) I don't have a bike here.
2) I don't really remember the last time I rode a bike.

Lesson learned: Biking is hard! More specifically, climbing hills is tough stuff! I probably complained wayyy more than I needed to, but the Rocket Scientist assured me I was doing a good job. We did about ten miles...I realized on the way to his parents that I should have brought my garmin, but oh well. I will no longer consider biking to be easy! I think I also swore off triathlons...oops! It was fun to ride around, especially since I used to go find my friends and ride bikes for hours when I was younger...I miss those days!

We came home and jumped in the pool and hot tub for a few minutes before getting ready for a few of his friends to stop by. Burgers were grilled and watermelon was sliced...yum!

This morning I was set on doing a long run...ten miles! Unfortunately we tried to watching the movie Munich starting at around was a bit longer than we thought it would be, so we didn't go to bed until about 3am! (I fell asleep on the couch before then...shhh!) Since we woke up around 10, we didn't head out until 11-ish, when it was toasty roasty outside! The Rocket Scientist had yet to be on my fabulous trail, so we headed there...mainly because it is shaded for most of the way!

It was hot, but not unbearable. My legs felt really good until we got to the last mile, which is uphill and in the sun! RS got a little tired with a few miles to go, but we held it together well, even if I did run in front of him for the last few miles. (Note: I would be so angry if he did that to me...) We checked out a map where this trail runs into another one, and I saw that it is close to a different route that I run. Hopefully I can connect the two trails to make a nice long run! Exploring is in my future.

Sunday, June 28
10.08 miles in 1:21:08, avg pace of 8:03

I did a little over 31 miles for the week, plus the bike ride on Saturday. Yay! I'm feeling good, which bodes well for the build up to marathon training! Running at the paces I've been running feels harder, which I would like to attribute to the heat and being on my feet for 8+ hours at work. I do enjoy the fact that I run before work since I switched to evening shift, so at least I'm fresh for my runs.

Back to work tomorrow...hope everyone had as fabulous a weekend as me!


  1. What a great weekend! I agree, you want to make the most of your weekends when you work 40+ hours a week!

    I'm also jealous the Rocket Scientist will work out with you! The day my fiance runs 10 miles..oh

    Have a good week!! :)

  2. Fun weekend with the R.S.!

    Did you run next to the canal in P-town at all? I thought it was really pretty and fairly shaded.

    Biking IS hard! I have a really hard time doing anything more than a simple commute to campus and back. For actual exercise? It's probably not going to happen.

  3. Excellent weekend, & a solid 10-miler!

    The heat definitely slows me down too, & don't forget about the miles you spend running around at work :)

  4. Sounds like you had a great weekend. Yes, days off from work are great. Have fun exploring the trails.

  5. Sounds like had a really fun weekend!

  6. Sounds like a great weekend!! Great job on the 10 miles! So nice that the RS will run with you. If only I could get AL to but he would be like 10 feet ahead of me because his legs are so much longer! Ha! He's 6'5:)

  7. awesome job on the run and biking!! sounds like it was a great weekend overall :)

  8. I keep wanting to get my crappy bike out, but I am thinking I will discover the same thing - it's not for me! I hope I find out differently!